New Home

After years in a small rented apartment, this young St. Louis couple dreamed of owning a new, custom-built home. Unlike most households, however, they faced a unique challenge: accessibility. Aiming to prove that a custom-built, fully accessible home could be both affordable and beautiful, they purchased a lot in historic Benton Park and began working with a local architect and home builder to design their dream home.

The challenge of fusing universal design principals with the neighborhood’s strict historic design requirements and a tight budget was significant, requiring multiple rounds of design revisions, problem-solving and meetings between the design team, neighborhood groups and government officials.

The 2,830 ft², single-story residence with attached garage is the culmination of those efforts. The front façade, designed to resemble a turn-of-the-century factory, has clean lines and limestone-accented brick. All the home’s passageways are “zero-entry,” providing flat, roll-in access.

Inside, the home is modern-rustic, with unique features such as repurposed barn doors and a wine-barrel vanity. The sloped ceiling, high transom windows and large glass patio doors provide a bright, airy setting for the open-concept kitchen/living/dining space. The flooring, chosen for durability, is faux wood laminate and stamped-and-stained concrete.

The kitchen is equipped with lowered granite counter tops and extra-wide walkways to access hardwood cabinets and stainless-steel appliances. A large island separates the kitchen from the living room. An indoor elevator leads to the finished basement, which doubles as a home office.

A vaulted ceiling gives the master suite a spacious feel. The ensuite bathroom features a large walk-in closet, double vanity, energy-efficient washer-dryer and wide roll-in shower with redwood bench.

Finally, smart technology is integrated throughout the home, including smartphone-operated garage doors, Nest heating and cooling, interconnected audio and a state-of-the-art security system.

Working with Mike Killeen in a fun, collaborative process, this Des Peres couple designed their dream home -- a single-story, prairie style house with horizontal lines, ample natural light, green features and modern touches. The 5400 ft² home includes a large clerestory skylight inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright's Robie House in Chicago. The skylight's exterior brick detail presented design challenges for the structural engineer, who designed steel i-beams to support the weight. The clerestory windows, tall ceilings, and transoms give the home a bright, airy feel. The main floor has a combined kitchen, living and dining area with built-in shelves and cabinets. A large custom fireplace and integrated entertainment system preside over the great room. The residence includes three bedrooms, two project rooms, and 3 garage spaces, including a Corvette bay. A wide open staircase leads to the finished basement used for entertaining. The house has two full- and two half-bathrooms, all with built-in sinks and wall-mounted European-style fixtures. The master bathroom includes a walk-in shower, his-and-her sinks, separate toilet room and custom make-up vanity.

The currently vacant lots in Benton Park are to be developed for residential use in order to maximize the potential of the property. A row of five, 2400 ft² townhouses have been designed by KSA to fill the space.

The Owners, a young married couple with a small business, wanted a sustainable modern ‘Dwell House’ for their lot in South St. Louis.

The interior includes an open floor plan, ample natural light and tall ceilings with a loft feel. On the first floor, stairs, bath, laundry, closets, and utility are banked on one wall to allow the kitchen, dining and living room flowing together and be wide open. A bright breezeway connects to a 4-car garage.

The 2nd floor includes the master bedroom, a guest room and an open office which can later be converted to a child’s bedroom. The open feel is enhanced with white walls and light stain groove ¾” oak flooring was installed throughout.

The exterior, with veneer brick and metal panels, was designed to have the modern lines the owners desired yet tastefully contrast the neighboring 1920’s bungalows.

Sustainable design features include recyclable metal panels, bamboo floors, energy star appliances, high efficiency windows, recyclable materials for the deck and fences, minimizing waste during construction and most importantly location.

The city location eliminated the homeowners’ commute to work and other activities, diminishing their carbon footprint.

This new home was built to match the aesthetic of the surrounding neighborhood while including modern conveniences. | 2,304 square feet

Two families planned to share one new house. We designed the house with ample space for communal dining and family space, and also provided private sleeping quarters for the 2 couples. The children were provided one large sleeping dorm in the basement. The views of the lake were exploited to the fullest. After being put on hold this project was reopened in 2012.

One of seven new custom single family homes. -Each with a unique floor plan and face -All unified within a common New England Cottage theme. -3100 SH plus a finished basement.

This is one of seven new custom single family homes -- each with a unique floor plan and face -- all unified within a common New England Cottage theme. The property is 3100 sq. ft. with a full basement.

We worked closely with the owner to develop a custom house for a site in Huntleigh. This was to be a very large home taking advantage of prominent views on the site. The owner in the end decided to purchase an existing home rather than build.

One of seven new custom single family homes -- each with a unique floor plan and face -- all unified within a common New England Cottage theme. 3100 SF plus a finished basement.



Killeen Studio Architects
3015 Salena Street
Suite 203
Saint Louis, MO 63118



P 314-771-0883

[email protected]

Remodeling and Home Design

Killeen Studio Architects

  • Houzz